As Director, Dr. Dixon is responsible for coordinating international activities at Wayne State University. Key activities include providing international services to all Schools/Colleges by administering global grant competitions for faculty and students to encourage international activity on campus including international student research, student exchanges, and study abroad initiatives; administering the Fulbright and NSEP programs; developing agreements with foreign institutions; providing advice on viable forms of institutional cooperation including academic exchanges and research; and coordinating international travel for Wayne State University delegations. She is the author of numerous articles. Dr. Dixon's research interest is the development of individuals within their international communities. She is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, chair of the WSU Academic Staff Professional Development Committee and president of the Michigan Association of Adult and Continuing Education. She has received numerous awards for service to the university and surrounding community.
As the Program Manager, Margaret’s responsibilities include advising students, arranging housing, airfare, and transportation for students. She works along with program leaders in coordinating program excursions, activities, and student visa processing. Margaret was drawn to becoming a professional in the field of study abroad following her extensive first-hand experience as a student abroad. Margaret studied with two European programs while earning her B.A. in Fine Arts and Communication at Wayne State University. Her initial study began with intensive Spanish language courses at the University of Barcelona, Spain during the summer of her sophomore year. She later studied Italian language, in Italy, through a WSU, faculty-led program during her senior year. Between semesters of obtaining her undergraduate degree, Margaret lived and worked in the Caribbean, where she was able to experience first-hand knowledge of travel and the industry by working in primarily tourism-related positions.
Lisa has been with the Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs since February, 2008. The main component of her position is to facilitate the incoming international exchange students at Wayne as well as support with program logistics for various programs. In addition to Lisa’s position with the University, she also attends WSU as a senior level student in Biological Sciences. Her focus of study is Bio-Diversity and Ecology with an emphasis in Conservation Biology. Most of Lisa’s travel experience centers around the Caribbean, Aruba, and the British Virgin Islands. Future travel plans include South America with aspirations to study the ecology and sustainable industry of this region.
Marketing, Events and Graphic Design Coordinator/ General Advisor
Since joining the Study Abroad Office in 2010 as student assistant, Yuliya now handles most of the marketing and outreach for the office. Her primary responsibilities involve visiting classes, creating marketing materials and managing events which promote all the great study abroad opportunities that are available to WSU students. She also advises WSU students interested in studying abroad. She has previously lived in Ukraine and traveled to Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, etc. She has participated in a study abroad program in Paris, France focusing on art and architecture. She is bilingual in Russian and English and completed her degree in Slavic Studies at WSU in 2013.